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Queer In/Justice: Opening panel on criminalizations affecting queer people

Thursday February 23rd, 6pm-10pm

Location: SSPX

With the participation of:

L’AQPSUD : www.linjecteur.ca

La COCQ-sida : www.cocqsida.com

L’ASTTeQ : www.cactusmontreal.org/en/astteq.html

Arc-en-Ciel d’Afrique : www.arcencieldafrique.org/

Moderator: Jordan Arseneault.

In the context of a Conservative government that continues to introduce punitive and backwards criminalizing legislation (See Omnibus Crime Bill C-10), this opening panel and discussion will address topics of HIV criminalization; the refusal of the mayor of Montréal to allow Cactus to create a Safe Injection Site; Trasnsport Canada’s discriminatory regulations affecting transgender and racialized people; the criminalization of homosexuality in certain African countries and the homophobia and racism that LGBT new arrivals have to face; and the repression of queer peoples’ freedoms in general. The general introduction will take place at 6:30pm in French and English, followed by a introduction to the panel from an RQS collective member. Each panelist will present for 12 minutes on the issues affecting a specific community (or intersectionally), followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A. Whisper translation will be provided into French or English for the panelists’ presentations.



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UEEH?

Friday February 24th, 6pm-8pm

Location: SSPX

(French/English)

By Mathieu: Born in 1978, he is a tramp who first joined the Lille’s Association des Flamands Roses, and work mainly on the question of the recognition of the deportation of french homosexuals during the Second World War as well as on inter-associativity, by creating the Fédération française des Centre LGBT. He also went to the UEEH to facilitate workshops on those two subjects. He currently works in an association that helps victims (RAVAD) with lawyers on European projects.

The UEEH is an out of space event that has been around since 1979, even though each year we ask ourselves: will there be an edition this year? Taking place on the campus of the École des Beaux Arts of Marseille, the UEEH gathers many different type of people and are aimed at LGBTQI communities. The workshop programming is self-managed by participants who propose activities such as debates, artistic events, relaxation events, activist reflections, etc.

Between the UEEH and the RQS there is an obvious connection for people who go to both events because of how the two structures have common interests. A Montreal delegation came to France in 2005 and last year an UEEH delegation came to RQS and an RQS delegation came to UEEH. Rich exchanges that will be consolidated in 2012 between the two countries. 

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Vernissage  X Pose Vernissage 

Friday February 24th, 7pm-11pm 

Location: Fresh Paint Gallery, 180 Ste-Catherine East

NOTE: The exhibit will continue from February 22 to March 17th.  Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12-7pm. Nuit Blanche will host an event in the space on February 25th, 2012.

This year the Radical Queer Semaine art exhibit will take place in the Fresh Paint Gallery. It is a temporary exhibition space that shows street and public art, run by the Under Pressure graffiti festival.

Our artistes talk about what they care about, what makes them angry or sad or happy. What they love, whom they love. What and whom they hate. They expose information, knowledge and experiences that they want to preserve or help rediscover. News and ideas and events that are not otherwise heard, or that are just talked about for a second. Works that are loud or quiet or contemplative or nerdy. Ludicrous art, sexual art, identity art, political art, interactive art, garbage art.

With: Tom de Pékin, Andréanne Martin, Aids Action Now, Benjamin Owens, Camille Saint-André, Certain Days, David Whiteside, D’Agostino, Frank Suerich-Gulick, Ian Bradley-Perrin, Ianna Landry, Jamie Ross, Jessie Ziegler, JJ Levine, Johnny Forever, Julie Cardinal, Karen Boyles, Lauren Osmond, Laurence Laurence Laurence, Conrad, Marie Ashley Nelson, Marie-Maude Polychuk, Marc Beauchamp, Mark Unterberger, Prisoner Correspondence Project, Queers Made This, Rita-Adèle Beaulieu, Troy Davis…

http://www.facebook.com/events/341705079195501/


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Gloreebox: Fundraiser party for RQS and “Letters in color” project of Abu Nawas Algerian collective

Friday February 24th, 10pm-3am  

Lieu : Bar Le Drugstore, 3rd floor, 1366 Ste-Catherine East

5$, no one turned away for lack of fund

A dance floor experience, five DJS, hearts filled with joy, glitters, you, us, the Radical Queer Week 2012 … and you and me, them and they, on the third floor of the drugstore who scold for the second time after the runaway success of the 2011 edition. Gloreebox: a unique experience where fun is important because it is a fundraiser: 50% of profits for the Algerian project “The letters in color” of the organization Abu Nawas who receive a grade Queer library, through you / 50% for the SQG 2012. Gloreebox is love. Sharing.

DJ’s: Frigid, JNNBNNRCK, Like The Wolf, Maxime Armstrong, Plastik Patrik.

Beauty salon (free haircut & makeup): Françis-James Hawkins (Hair Stylist), Catherine Brunelle (Professional Make-Up Artist).

Hosting: Steph Rivard, les De Beaulieu.

Photo: Guillaume Bell.


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BDSM 101

Saturday February 25th, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Location: CCGLM  Room 130

(English presentation, French/English questions)

By Sir Kira (ALCC : http://thealcc.org).

This workshop is designed to provide a basic introduction to BDSM. For people with relatively no knowledge about the subject. Topics covered: 1) breakdown the acronym 2) basic vocabulary 3) explore activities of BDSM 4) roles and responsibilities 5) misconceptions 6) explore why people might do BDSM 7) consent and safety.


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Decolonizing Solidarity

Saturday February 25th, 1pm-3pm  

Location: SSPX

(French presentation, French/English questions)

 By Marie-Ève Blais

What does the following terms mean? Ally, direct solidarity, decolonizing, south global victim, survivor, etc. Solidarity implies many contradictions and necessitates us to reflect on our practices. Do we have choice on what we fight for? Are we speaking for other people? What are the privileges that we have?


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Making or adjusting clothes for curvy or femme bodies

Saturday February 25th, 1pm-3pm

 Location: CCGLM Room 306

(English presentation, questions French/English/Spanish)

By Jessie Ziegler

Targeted at people who have little to no sewing experience discussing how to work with different figures and how to incorporate historical silhouettes into modern everyday wear. Including a demonstration as to how to fit and alter a pre-purchased garment. In the second hour the facilitator will show anyone who sews how to alter a bought pattern to fit them better. So bring your pattern!


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Platonic Speed Dating: a community-building exercise

Saturday February 25th, 3:30pm-5:30pm 

Location: SSPX

(French/English)

By Mike Hawrysh

This exercise consists of spending 5 minutes talking to a series of strangers. With the goal of breaking down social barriers, this community-building event allows participants to meet others randomly, regardless of age, race, sexuality and all those pesky ISMs that prevent us from talking to one another. Strangers seem a lot less strange and intimidating once you`ve spent 5 minutes talking to them. This event is open to francophones, anglophones, allophones, but not telephones… Depending on the number of participants, we will try and make sure that everyone meets everyone. Tea and biscuits will be served. Bring your own mug if you can.



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CYPRINE Zine: Sex/Desire/Capitalism

Saturday February 25th, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Location: SSPX Salle chill-out

(French)

By: Virginie Jourdain, Barbara Legault et Djuls.

Bringing together visual, textual, critical, lewd and Furious contributions; this zine proposes a forum for a multitude of views of our own desires, contradictions and confrontations with pleasure and its regulation in our queer / trans / homo / lesbian / LGBTTQ / Feminist / activist communities.

More broadly, the zine will explore how our emotional, sexual, and activist lives confront OR support the capitalist system of placing $value$ on our bodies and our desires. Has our power to protest been swallowed, filtered, co-opted, mediated by capitalism and patriarchy? The theme of this zine is intentionally broad and open so that we can get lost in it, open up vault lines within it and penetrate it with glee! Break down the walls, explore new dimensions, concoct a soup of related and/or scattered ideas.

Publication of this zine will coincide with Radical Queer Semaine 2012. This queer festival will be an opportunity for contributers to gather and recruit new contributers. This project will bring together authors, artists, critics and activists from Quebec, France and elsewhere. Francos, Anglos, bilingual folks, any mother tongue welcome!

Cyprine Zine
* Interviews
* Critical texts
* Drawings
* Photos
* Tests
* Narrations
* Recipes
* Manifestos
* Rants ….

… Do not limit yourself! Be WILD!
The topic is big, enjoy yourself, individually or collectively.

HOW do you PARTICIPATE?

To contribute to the zine, send your documents to the following address: fanzinecyprine@gmail.com
The deadline to receive your contributions is February 15, 2012.

This will be a black and white zine. The layout will be developed during Radical Queer Semaine and distributed at the end of the festival at a promotional launch party!

For images, please use a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, black and white preferred, so that your work will look as good as possible in print. Please Avoid large areas of flat black, the final printed look is rarely satisfactory.

Feel free to contact us with any questions, be they political, technical, logistical or lewd!

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Slam Poetry + Open Mic

Saturday February 25th, 3:30pm-6pm

Location: CCGLM Salle 306

(French)

By Audrey and Caillou

Writing and oral presentation games, style exercises, work on one’s rythm, flow, delivery, emotion, presence & theatrical performance on queer and feminist themes. No matter if you come from theatre, song writing, music, clown, slam or writing or if you just want to try something new and fun you are welcomed !

This workshop will be followed on Wednesday February 29 by an open mic & slam performances at Touski.


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PostPorn Workshop: Dissidence / Body / City

Saturday, February 25th, 3:30pm-6pm / Sunday, February 26th, 1pm-6pm / Sunday, March 3rd, Monster Ball

Location: CCGLM (room 306), SSPX, Monster Ball

La menace des corps dissidents plane sur la ville. Pour se réapproprier l’espace public par la subversion des normes de genre et de sexualité, nos corps abjects s’expriment et s’exposent, seuls ou en groupe, s’excitent et s’entrechoquent, s’embrassent et se pénètrent, manifestent et se promènent, dans la rue et dans les parcs, dans les protests et les assemblées publiques, à la bibliothèque et à l’université, sur les dancefloors et dans les bars…Pour rompre les barreaux d’un Village confiné et si éloigné de nos envies et identités, qui capitalise sur les corps stéréotypés et exotisés. Envahir l’espace urbain sans autorisation, attaquer l’hétéronorme avec bruit et fureur, choquer, pervertir, faire exploser le plaisir hors des murs.

Cet atelier multimédia a pour sujet notre relation corporelle, genrée et sexualisée à la ville. Il s’agit de dresser un tableau varié et non-exhaustif de nos différentes expériences dans l’espace urbain en tant que transpédégouines et queers radicaLES : expériences d’action politique et performance, lieux de drague, cruising, expériences romantiques, expériences d’agression, expériences en communauté ou individuelles.

Il propose d’explorer et d’exposer nos expériences vécues et nos fantasmes, ici et ailleurs, à travers l’écriture, l’illustration, la photo et/ou la vidéo. Comment et pourquoi affichons-nous nos genres et nos sexualités dans l’espace public, au quotidien, en tant qu’activistes?

Samedi 25 février : écriture / scénario (CCGLM, room 306 : 3:30pm-6pm)

Les jeux d’écriture créative et exercices de style sur le thème des genres et des sexualités dissidentes dans l’espace public nous permettront de raconter et imaginer des expériences, scénettes et sensations qui serviront de base à la réalisation de photos et vidéos postporno lors du marathon qui aura lieu dimanche. Les textes pourront aussi être lus lors de la scène ouverte Slam le mercredi 29 février au café Chez Touski, 2361 Ontario E.

Dimanche 26 février : marathon photo-vidéo (SSPX : 1pm-6pm)

Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir assisté à l’atelier du 25/02 pour participer à ce marathon. Les participantEs peuvent aussi venir avec des idées ou des textes développés en dehors de l’atelier.

Attention : Dans la mesure du possible, chaque participantE doit apporter un téléphone portable, appareil photo ou caméra vidéo et les câbles nécessaires pour transférer les images et vidéos sur un ordinateur.

Nous nous retrouverons à 13h au SSPX (2229 rue Ste-Catherine Est) pour une première phase de préparation des tournages vidéo et photoshoots.

Nous partirons des textes écrits lors de l’atelier du 25/02 ou tout autre texte et idée apportés par les participantEs.

En équipes, les participantEs détermineront un lieu et un mini-scénario pour réaliser une série de 5 photos et/ou 1mn de vidéo.

Les équipes partiront ensuite en tournage / shoot dans la ville.

À 17h, nous nous retrouverons au SSPX pour récolter les résultats et partager nos expériences.

Samedi 3 mars : exposition finale au Monster Ball ou SSPX [à confirmer]

L’exposition se fera sous la forme d’un triptyque dans l’espace chill-out du Monster Ball, tout au long de la nuit. Les textes et photos seront mis en page et imprimés au cours de la semaine, puis affichés sur deux panneaux. Les vidéos seront montées au cours de la semaine et projetées sur un troisième panneau.

Les personnes qui le désirent peuvent soumettre leurs textes, illustrations, photos et vidéos supplémentaires sur la thématique jusqu’au jeudi 1er mars à minuit, en contactant Lee par e-mail (6tigerlily6@gmail.com).

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Discussion on safer spaces in the context of usage of psychoactive products

Saturday February 25th, 6pm-8pm

Location: SSPX

(French presentation, French/English questions)

By Mx: front-line counselor in drug use. And Valérie Simon.

This workshop’s goal is to exchange on what are the different meanings associated to what exactly is a safer space as well as to try to understand how the usage of psychoactive products can interfere or even threaten the different safer space strategies put in place in different events of a community. By having a better understanding of the effects of drugs on individuals, the people around them and on the people at that given place and time, the idea will be to try to find strategies to preserve the safer space and the safety of people present in a space without having as a goal, abstinence.

This workshop aims to be a space of pragmatic exchange, the goal being to try to find concrete strategies to experiment in future queer events, in hopes that these new strategies will be efficient. The approach use in this workshop is one of risk management and harm reduction in a spirit of collaboration and of knowledge exchange between peers.


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Dynamics and issues of feminist post-porn and pro-sex feminism in LGBTQIF spaces

Saturday February 25th, 6pm-8pm

Location: ACCM

(French/English)

By Cécile A., Tiger Lee et Charlotte M. : www.glorialasauce.wordpress.com

As part of a post-porn collective we realized that accessible writing on post-pornography is scarce. Thus, we would like this workshop to be the first step in the development of a pamphlet. With that in mind, we will first collectively discuss what is meant by ―feminist post-pornography.  Also, we will talk about the relevance of using post-porn as a tool to make visible identities and sexual practices by and for people who are directly concerned by these identities and practices, thus becoming vectors of identification for LGBTQIF people but also, post-porn would be a tool to support information and of re-education of risk management in regards of sexual health. Finally, we will try to make an inventory of the tools that we have or that still need to be created so that post-porn and pro-sex feminism stay synonymous of plurality of choice and egalitarianism and does not lead to an obligation to sex/sexuality or a rejection/disdain of asexuality in our LGBTQIF spaces.


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Action Drag & Skating: The Comeback

Saturday February 25th, 8:30pm-10pm

Location: The Quays Skating Rink of the Old-Port

By the RQS collective

In 2010, the Radical Queer Semaine and PolitiQ-Queers Solidaires organized a Drag & Skating action at 1000 De La Gauchetière in solidarity with the skater Johnny Weir who had been the target of homophobic comments from sports journalist during his performance at the Vancouver Olympics Game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llRe40ei4j0).

For its 4th edition, the RQS offers to repeat this unforgettable experience!

Drag & Skating is obviously about publicly fighting ordinary LGBTQ-phobias by embracing gender performativity, while still sliding on the continuum of our divers and amazing identities. But it is also a way to welcome…and seduce the Queer French delegation that came to visit us at RQS this year by giving them a taste of a traditional winter activity: skating!

To do so, we will take over the rink at Vieux-Port‘s dock in Montréal during the Nuit Blanche, Saturday February 25 from 8:30pm to 10pm (just before the Against The Wall sex party), wearing our most beautiful wigs, moustaches, jock strap, dress, overalls, jewel, makeup and other funky accessories…. The only problem is that the rink is not free and is 6$/person as well as the renting of skates…However, the RQS is offering free entrance to the 15 first queers that arrive ;-)

Come with your friends!


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“Sugar Shag” Sex Party

Saturday February 25th, 11pm-3am

Location: SSPX

18+, suggested donation 10$. Have no money? Volunteer your way in…

Bring your plaid and your syrup…

Against the Wall is a Montreal based, sex and kink positive, queer collective that seeks to create  events where people of all genders and sexual identities can play together in a consensual environment.

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DIY Wig Maintenance

Sunday February 26th, 1pm-3pm

Location: SSPX

(English)

By Julie Matson.

Learn how to care for your tresses, regardless of the quality/materials of the wig. I will share tips on general maintenance including washing, setting, styling and repairing wigs of all shapes and sizes! Synthetic or real! Bring ‘em all! Also, bring a pen and paper for note taking! I don’t want you to miss anything!


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PostPorn Workshop: Dissidence / Body / City

Saturday, February 25th, 3:30pm-6pm / Sunday, February 26th, 1pm-6pm / Sunday, March 3rd, Monster Ball

Location: CCGLM (room 306), SSPX, Monster Ball

La menace des corps dissidents plane sur la ville. Pour se réapproprier l’espace public par la subversion des normes de genre et de sexualité, nos corps abjects s’expriment et s’exposent, seuls ou en groupe, s’excitent et s’entrechoquent, s’embrassent et se pénètrent, manifestent et se promènent, dans la rue et dans les parcs, dans les protests et les assemblées publiques, à la bibliothèque et à l’université, sur les dancefloors et dans les bars…Pour rompre les barreaux d’un Village confiné et si éloigné de nos envies et identités, qui capitalise sur les corps stéréotypés et exotisés. Envahir l’espace urbain sans autorisation, attaquer l’hétéronorme avec bruit et fureur, choquer, pervertir, faire exploser le plaisir hors des murs.

Cet atelier multimédia a pour sujet notre relation corporelle, genrée et sexualisée à la ville. Il s’agit de dresser un tableau varié et non-exhaustif de nos différentes expériences dans l’espace urbain en tant que transpédégouines et queers radicaLES : expériences d’action politique et performance, lieux de drague, cruising, expériences romantiques, expériences d’agression, expériences en communauté ou individuelles.

Il propose d’explorer et d’exposer nos expériences vécues et nos fantasmes, ici et ailleurs, à travers l’écriture, l’illustration, la photo et/ou la vidéo. Comment et pourquoi affichons-nous nos genres et nos sexualités dans l’espace public, au quotidien, en tant qu’activistes?

Samedi 25 février : écriture / scénario (CCGLM, room 306 : 3:30pm-6pm)

Les jeux d’écriture créative et exercices de style sur le thème des genres et des sexualités dissidentes dans l’espace public nous permettront de raconter et imaginer des expériences, scénettes et sensations qui serviront de base à la réalisation de photos et vidéos postporno lors du marathon qui aura lieu dimanche. Les textes pourront aussi être lus lors de la scène ouverte Slam le mercredi 29 février au café Chez Touski, 2361 Ontario E.

Dimanche 26 février : marathon photo-vidéo (SSPX : 1pm-6pm)

Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir assisté à l’atelier du 25/02 pour participer à ce marathon. Les participantEs peuvent aussi venir avec des idées ou des textes développés en dehors de l’atelier.

Attention : Dans la mesure du possible, chaque participantE doit apporter un téléphone portable, appareil photo ou caméra vidéo et les câbles nécessaires pour transférer les images et vidéos sur un ordinateur.

Nous nous retrouverons à 13h au SSPX (2229 rue Ste-Catherine Est) pour une première phase de préparation des tournages vidéo et photoshoots.

Nous partirons des textes écrits lors de l’atelier du 25/02 ou tout autre texte et idée apportés par les participantEs.

En équipes, les participantEs détermineront un lieu et un mini-scénario pour réaliser une série de 5 photos et/ou 1mn de vidéo.

Les équipes partiront ensuite en tournage / shoot dans la ville.

À 17h, nous nous retrouverons au SSPX pour récolter les résultats et partager nos expériences.

Samedi 3 mars : exposition finale au Monster Ball ou SSPX [à confirmer]

L’exposition se fera sous la forme d’un triptyque dans l’espace chill-out du Monster Ball, tout au long de la nuit. Les textes et photos seront mis en page et imprimés au cours de la semaine, puis affichés sur deux panneaux. Les vidéos seront montées au cours de la semaine et projetées sur un troisième panneau.

Les personnes qui le désirent peuvent soumettre leurs textes, illustrations, photos et vidéos supplémentaires sur la thématique jusqu’au jeudi 1er mars à minuit, en contactant Lee par e-mail (6tigerlily6@gmail.com).

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Non mix focus group of intersex people + Callout for solidarity with Intersex people: a brief intro to our realities mix Workshop

Sunday February 26th, 3pm-6:30pm

Location: SSPX

(French presentation, French/English/Spanish questions)

By Janik Bastien Charlebois: an assistant professor in the Sociology Department of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She has also been involved, since 1998, with GRIS-Montréal, which aim is to foster a better knowledge of gay communities and to facilitate the integration of gay, lesbians and bisexual people in society.

And Lucie Gosselin: A Feminist activist and ally of intersex people who loves to sing and eat and who has a sensitive heart.

Even though a lot of queer people know what the ―I‖ in the LGBTTQI acronym stands for Intersex, few people had the occasion to hear about intersex issues and even fewer people heard about these issues from intersex people themselves. This workshop aims to be a first step to share our experiences and issues regarding would it be about medical care, forced surgeries, adapted approach for parents of intersex kids and the way in which intersex youth deal with being intersex but also, we want to talk about the emerging recent mobilization of intersex people, its challenges and hopes.

3pm: Safer space caucus welcoming intersex persons only, anonymity will be preserved for whomever desires so. For people living outside of Montreal, you can join us through Skype by sending us an email at projetintersexe@gmail.com beforehand, so that we can prepare the connection.

4:45pm: Introduction, awareness-raising, solidarity-nurturing workshop on intersexuality.

Everybody is (more than) welcome.

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Launch of the pamphlet “La santé de nos seins” [Breast Health]

Sunday February 26th, 6pm-8pm

Location: ACCM

(French)

By Stéph Verfaillie.

Because taking care of one‘s self and one‘s health is about self affirmation, one‘s pride in who one is, cultural and historical knowledge of one‘s elders and heart sisters, US, lesbians, dykes, womyn who like womyn, buth, fem, bi…trans* or cis, we mobilized ourselves in this process of community health by producing this pamphlet ―La santé de nos seins, edited in France in 2011.

The presentation of this pamphlet will be the occasion to discuss the different issues related to community health (both the one‘s faced in France and in Quebec).

The pamphlet is available at www.jensuisjyreste.org (in french only).


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Queer Divination II – I Ching coin reading for beginners

Sunday February 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location: SSPX

(French/English)

By Jamie Ross

Dust off your I Ching texts, bring three coins and a pen or come armed with just an interest – we‘re going to talk I Ching! Due to the success of the Queer Divination workshop last year, we’re back to explore a new technique. With about a decade of tarot reading under the belt and a little less of I Ching, Jamie‘s going to discuss the history and theory of the numismatomantic (coin) divination, breaking down the structure of the system as well as distinctions between translations, before getting into the practical, everyday methodology of doing I Ching readings for yourself and for others with coins. Experiences with queering the often normative iconography and symbol systems will be a central. We will use the I Ching as a tool for opening up discussion and practical work on the development of intuitive faculties.

This workshop is followed by an hour of one-on-one reading with Jamie, for all your burning questions. PWYC donations to the Rad-Queer-Semaine. www.jamieross.org


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WOMEN+

Sunday February 26th, 9pm-midnight

Location: SSPX

WOMEN+ is an evening presented in collaboration with the VIHsion collective dedicated to women\trans folks of all genders and HIV.

A screening of short films will be followed by a presentation by special guest Jessica Whitbread (Toronto). Whitbread will be speaking about the recent AIDS ACTION NOW! poster campaign, focusing on her poster work FUCK POSITIVE WOMEN, made collaboratively with Toronto artist Allyson Mitchell.

To top off the evening, Whitbread will host one of her fabulous Tea Parties, which the artist describes as ‘pretty, dainty, lovely and fuckable. Vintage linens, fine china and baked goods will set the ambiance to make for an evening of candid and critical conversation about positive women and trans rights regarding their bodies and sexuality. We encourage you to wear your best, bring a teacup, perhaps some baked goods and eavesdrop to what this bunch of hens are talking about. I’ll give you a hint – its about HIV and fucking… shhhhhhhh!


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Seropoint

Monday February 27th, 6pm-8pm

Location: SSPX

(French/English)

By Neil Mayers et Ian F. Bradley Perrin.

This round table discussion will focus on the role which NGO’s and HIV/AIDS community groups play in communicating the experiences, needs, and circumstance of the HIV-positive person in Montreal. While the role that these organizations have played in the community historically has been vital, we want to explore why many people feel alienated from these groups today and the trend of HIV negative orientation of services such as testing and prevention which is no longer of use to HIV positive people. In a similar vein, we would like to have an open-ended discussion on what these organizations represent to the HIV-negative world and how it is that these groups have come to represent the voices of HIV + people despite the exclusion of a diversity of Poz people (whether explicitly or implicitly). Finally we would like to draw some conclusions on how NGO’s could re-orient their mandate to more effectively serve the Poz community, what an authentic Poz voice would be for the public and what steps need to be taken to bring about this change, if one is determined to be necessary.

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Cinéputes : sex wokers movies

Monday February 27th, 8:30pm-11:30pm

Location: SSPX

By RQS collective and Feminist Alliance in Solidarity with sex workers rights (FAS : http://cybersolidaires.typepad.com/afs)

First part: Presentation, projection and public discussion on the follow up of Projet Épopée (french), that was presented during the 2011 RQS edition. With François Tremblay (co-facilitator of the project), Rézo’s Sex Work Program (http://www.rezosante.org/programme-travailleur-du-sexe.html) and participants of the project.

The Épopée collective was formed following the documentary Hommes à louer (Rodrigue Jean). Since January 2010, the collective has been working on a participative project that has been presented   using different spaces and medium such as the web, cinema and galleries. Épopée.me comprise different written stories, filmed and broadcast in collaboration with a group of sex worker from Montreal.

After Épopée the website (http://www.epopee.me), “Épopée -L’État du moment” that was screened in cinemas and at many festivals and “Épopée -L’État des lieux” that was presented at la Cinématèque during Dazibo’s residence its time to assess what has been done and all the unexplored possibilities…

Second part: “Working safely a right for all women”. Screening of short films on sex work (with french subtitles): Every Ho I KNow Say So by Lusty Day / Pye Jabobson, sex worker & swedish activist, of the serie  Sex Around the Wolrd / AMMAR: Argentinean sex workers are organized… and surprises…

https://www.facebook.com/events/360838703940488/

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The strike in pink: the sexy and funky fight experiences of the P!NK BLOC

Tuesday February 28th, 6pm-8pm

Location: SSPX

(French/English)

By Mickael Chacha Enriquez et Bruno Laprade.

Strikes open spaces of social re-definition. This is why we are taking our place: 1) To make the government retreat. 2) To question different oppressions, regarding gender, race, class, etc. that permeates the student movement and to talk about safer spaces. 3) To bring some glitter and some glamour! This workshop will be a discussion on the different ways to create solidarity in a queer and feminist perspective on our demands and on how to organize the P!NK BLOC !

http://pinkblocmontreal.wordpress.com/about/

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What does it mean to be Queer and People Of Color: A workshop in three stages

Tuesday February 28th, 8:30pm-11:30pm

Location: SSPX

(Français/English presentation, French/English questions)

By Amir, Valérie and Ryan.

This discussion based workshop will try to explore the specificity of being a queer POC (Person Of Color) in Quebecois and Canadian contexts.

During this workshop, we will approach this theme from three angles:

1. “Tolerance is the new racism”.

In this section, Amir will be analyzing—with the use of funny personal anecdotes—the socio- cultural consequences of living in a society where being gay or non-heterosexual has become apparently more ‗tolerated‘ and if this is to blame for a contemporary queer youth and culture that seems less radical, more apolitical and consumerized than ever.

2. Why is Queer culture so f*@?%!g white?

In this section, Valérie will try to pin point what exactly is being a POC in Quebec? Is this just about one’s skin color? Family name? How long one’s family has been in Quebec? As well aslinking this experience to navigating queer and gay communities, anti-oppression work and checking one’s privilege.

3. Whiteness: building block of the queer body?

Ryan will discuss beauty and body image and how normative images of beauty in queer communities are based on white aesthetics. Think about the actors in TV shows like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, The L Word, Glee, etc. Colored bodies in both representation and real life are so often hypersexualized (stereotypes of black people), desexualized (stereotypes of Asian people), and fetishized (pretty much everyone of color) that sexual relations between white and POC queers are therefore complicated and often imbalanced in power.

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From the Missionary Intervention to the Missionary Position: Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality

Wednesday February 29th, 6pm-8pm

Location: SSPX

(English)

By Kama Maureemootoo: presently an independent researcher, an educator and a community organizer whose work centres primarily on the body, gender, sexuality, immigration and anti-racism.

Edward Ou Jin Lee: presently a doctoral student and his research interests include exploring the relationship between migration and sexuality, especially with respect to queer/trans migrants. Ed is also involved in a number of community-based initiatives related to queer people of colour and queer migrant organizing.

And Taushif Kara: currently in his final year at McGill, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Environment. His academic interests focus mainly on the interaction between religion and society. He is also editor of the food section for Leacock’s Online Magazine, and sings in the Soulstice A Cappella choir.

This panel aims at providing a decolonizing critique of the contemporary Western political discourses and representations of gender and sexuality in non-Western societies.

Edward Ou Jin Lee’s presentation will be on the neo-colonial processes that frame “homophobia cultures” in countries of Africa as opposed to “liberal cultures” of Western societies. Looking at the concrete relationship between white evangelicals and white government officials in promoting homophobia in several African countries, his presentation specifically addresses the consequences faced by queer migrants and refugees as a result of this homophobia.

Taushif Kara’s presentation will frame an analysis of the Queen Boat Trials in Egypt. Critiquing the position of Islamists as “non-Western” and “conservative,” his presentation posits a “gay identity” in Egypt as being itself a transnational product and a Western category that erased (and erases) already-existing forms of same-sex intimacy. In doing so, his presentation disrupts the idea of an Islamist culture as homophobic and instead, looks at how this homophobia emerges from neo-colonial processes from the West.

Kama Maureemootoo’s presentation will examine the rise of homophobia in the Indian subcontinent over the past two decades. Through a discussion of the legal history of the Indian Penal Code (IPC 377), the former anti-sodomy law in India, his presentation will demonstrate how perceptions of masculinity, through the colonial intervention, changed in India, and in turn gave rise to homophobic discourses that still express themselves in the current political climate.

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Slam poetry presentation + CYPRINE zine launch

Wednesday February 29th, 8pm-9:30pm

Location: Touski (2361 Ontario East)

Launch of CYPRINE Zine, Sex/Desire/Capitalism: http://radicalqueersemaine.com/2012/workshop-zine-cyprine-sexdesirecapitalism

Presentation of Slam poetry of the Slam workshop : http://radicalqueersemaine.com/2012/workshop-slam-poesie-scene-ouverte

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Homosounds

Wednesday February 29th, 10pm-3am

Location: Coop Katacombes, 1635 St-Laurent

Pay what you can 5-8$ -> no one turned away for financial reasons

Homosounds flaunts a showcase of some fabulous emerging queer sounds from Montréal’s local music scene.

The line-up includes: Frank & Sid Sami Basbous Echo Beach & the one and only Joseph Gabereau.

Accessibility info: To enter there is one step up, and the bathrooms are located in the basement down a flight of stairs. Seating will be available.

Facebook event here!

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Post-porn Take 2: we’re filming!

Thursday March 1st, 5pm-midnight

Location: Secret

(français/anglais)

By Bruno, Blandine et Julie.

Post-porn: comfortably lying down on the queer-feminist continuum, post-porn has been growing in the last couple of years. What does it do? What is its goal and what are the strategies chosen by post-porn to make visible practices and identities, to act on the images that we receive or on the behaviour that we have? This is what we will be exploring during the first part of the day through presentation, screening of excerpts and discussion. And, by popular demand, because talking is not enough, on the second part of the day we are going to get practical…well: for those who wish to their will be a shooting workshop. It is possible to participate to the 1st part of the day without staying for the practical part. However, to participate to the 2nd part, one has to have been to the first part: for confidence, consent and to be on the same page….

Thank you to subscribe to the shooting workshop so we can plan the space, coordinate the necessary equipment and so we can communicate with you essential information before hand. If you have equipment (like cameras), please bring them to the workshop. If you have a team formed before the workshop, please let us know in advance. Also, if you don’t have partner(s) please also let us know in advance so we can see what we can do.

To subscribe: achillemontreal@gmail.com.

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Stalle: queer performance art night

Thursday March 1st, 8pm-9:30pm 

Location: SSPX

10$ -> no one turned away for financial reasons

For STALLE, Radical Queer Semaine is committed to presenting new/original queer performative work that may not typically be seen in cabaret or bar-stage venues. We are proud to present two programmes Montréal, Toronto, Boston, Vermont, and New York City. The curators, Laura and Jordan, will host two back-to-back programmes of artists who are performing at STALLE for the first time. The works presented can be disturbing, can contain nudity, profanity, and the complete and utter rejection of normative expectations of spectatorship.

With: Alien Moon Partnership (Anthony Privatera, Boston), Tanya Crack (An T Horné, Montréal), Olive-or-Oliver (Toronto), Marie LaVierge (Montreal), Fantasy is Reality Unlimited (Alvis Choi, Toronto), Morgan M Page (Toronto), Tooth and Nail Puppetry Front (Lyndsay Love, Vermont), Sepia Tone Side of the Rainbow (Sokolowski / Rosenberg, New York), et Ryan Kai Cheng Thom (Montréal)

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Stalle: queer performance art night

Thursday March 1st, 10pm-11:30pm

Location: SSPX

10$ -> no one turned away for financial reasons

For STALLE, Radical Queer Semaine is committed to presenting new/original queer performative work that may not typically be seen in cabaret or bar-stage venues. We are proud to present two programmes Montréal, Toronto, Boston, Vermont & New York City. The curators, Laura and Jordan, will host two back-to-back programmes of artists who are performing at STALLE for the first time. The works presented can be disturbing, can contain nudity, profanity, and the complete and utter rejection of normative expectations of spectatorship.

With: Alien Moon Partnership (Anthony Privatera, Boston), Tanya Crack (An T Horné, Montréal), Olive-or-Oliver (Toronto), Marie LaVierge (Montréal), Fantasy is Reality Unlimited (FiRU, Alvis Choi, Toronto), Morgan M Page (Toronto), Tooth and Nail Puppetry Front (Lyndsay Love, Vermont), Sokolowski / Rosenberg (New York) and Ryan Kai Cheng Thom (Montréal).

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Build and customize your own “Pisse Debout”

Friday March 2nd, 6pm-8pm

Location: SSPX

(French)

By Stéph Verfaillie.

For practical or political reasons, come build and customize your own “pisse debout”. Open to all, this workshop will permit participants of all sexes and genders to exchange on their micturition experiences as well as on how, in society, we are taught about this “border” where the “two sexes” are placed on each side and how segregated bathroom materializes this mental image. Finally, you will have the delightful pleasure of accomplishing the political act that is using your DIY made “pisse debout”!

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Emergent and Local Movies night: Short but Queer

Friday March 2nd, 9pm-midnight

Location: SSPX

An evening of short films from emerging queer filmmaker: Featuring princesses, flying food, blood, dolls, animation, golden showers, sex and more!

First part 

Fredster : “Fredster’s Disorder”
Lucas Crawford & Melisa Brittain : Elephant in the room
Marie Dauverne : “Les crevasses médiatiques”
What the film : “Beware”
Coralie Datt : “Portrait d’une poupée”
Johnston Newfield : “Cissy”
Myriam Jacob-Allard et Esther Splett : “Les princesses qui pissent”
Alexander Storm : “Midnight in Moscow #1″
Noémi McComber : “Prise d’assaut”
Marc-André Casavant : “Les aventures de Discosalope (épisode 1 : Vivre sur vidéo)”
Jessica MacCormack : “Where we were not, part I : Feeling Reserved, Alexus’s Story”

!!! Very explicit content !!!

*** Bonus Part ***

Short introduction in videos to post-porn (by Lee, Charlotte & Cécile)

Loree Erickson : “Want”
Collectivx Subporno : “Esto es Chile”
Lucía Egaña Rojas : “Mi sexualidad es una creación artística” (extracts)

Second part 

Bruce : Sweeter than roses

Mikiki Mikiki et Mr. Whorhag : Premièrement comme tragédie

and the porn video “Occupy my Throat”presented and commented by David Sokolowski!

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Hip-Hop Queer Concert by Rough Diamond

Friday March 2nd, 11pm-3am

Location: 3796 #2 St-Laurent

Rough Diamond (http://roughdiamondmtl.tumblr.com) is a collective working to promote queer hip hop music and culture in Montreal. We organized a concert featuring queer vogue rapper Le1f as part of Pervers/Cité 2011, have put together several other concerts and fundraisers, and organize the monthly queer rap DJ night Queers Pump This.

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Lost in Colonization: Al Kaffiyeh l3arabiyeh, the Israeli Keffiyeh, the Hippest of the Hipsters, and the Politicized Queer

Saturday March 3rd, 1pm-3pm

Location: SSPX

(French/English/Arabic)

By Oliver Yalla Yalla: Ghaida, or Oliver, is not very fond of bios, but is also quite compliant, so here it is… He just completed his Master’s driven by his passion for themes like resistance, identity, postcolonial studies, popular education, and metaphoric borders. She’s a mama’s boy, and an Intifada boy, and therefore a lover and a fighter. They are currently working on numerous journal publications, as well as putting together an anthology by Arab feminists. He is part of Agitate! Queer People of color, and has given a series of workshops such as “In All Thy Sons Command: Race and Gender in Canada” (with Festrell) and “Decolonizing Queer: Deconstructing ‘Neocolonial Solidarity Narratives” at Radical Queer Semaine 2010.

This workshop aims to address the recent ‘kuffiyah’ fashion trend, especially among queer or activist circles. It raises the issue of how this scarf has been rid of its political significance by the clothing industry and the Israeli government. It is meant to draw the trajectory of the kuffiyah, as well as reflect more broadly on the expressions of solidarity by using the kuffiyah as an example. By problematizing cultural appropriation, by use of visual art and videos, this workshop will leave way to open and honest discussions on the cultural, metaphoric, and real-lived impacts of this form of oppression.

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Let’s Get Fierce!

Saturday March 3rd, 1pm-3pm

Location: CCGLM Room 306

(English presentation, French/English questions)

By Dylan et Smoke

A workshop and discussion on the relevance of anarchist struggle to Montréal’s queer and trans radicals. We hope to explore themes such as anarchist ideas and practice, the limitations of activism, and ongoing struggles against the state and capital. We will also critically reflect on the role queer/trans identities play in developing revolutionary perspectives. This event hopes to strengthen connections between all those who desire the total transformation of this society.

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Policing and Queer Communities: What sort of bargain have we struck?

Saturday March 3rd, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Location: SSPX

(French/English)

By Mona Luxon et Kevin Paul.

Queer communities have a long and messy relationship with the police, ranging from violent homophobic raids of queer bars and spaces to the invocation of increased police presence and enhanced sentencing (hate crimes legislation) as a tool against gay-bashing. As a queer community, what do we gain and what do we lose by inviting the police into our spaces? What alternatives can we create?

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Reflection about sexism inside LGBTQIF community

Saturday March 3rd, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Location: CCGLM Room 306

(French)

By Caillou

This workshop will try to identify the different faces that misogyny takes in LGBTQIF spaces. It will also be a callout for the creation of different pedagogical material directed to perpetrators of such discrimination: “I would like to discuss with other people who, like me, work with survivors but in the context of spaces that have integrated anti-sexist reflections, to find resources and create a working group network on the topic of masculine violence. Both to discover the tools developed in Quebec through the different programs in place to insure equality between men and womyn and to reflect on how to work on questions of intimate violence in community settings. Are the tools developed by institutions suitable for these settings? Are more specific tools needed?

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Activism & rights of differently-abled people

Saturday March 3rd, 6pm-8pm

Location: SSPX

(French presentation, French/English questions)

By Laurence Parent: Phd Student in Humanities at Concordia University, with a background of Political Science (BA, UQAM) and “Étude sur le handicap” (MA, York University). She’s mainly interested by the history, too often unknown, of people living with disabilities. She founded RAPLIQ (www.rapliq.org) in 2009, wanting to mobilize people living with disabilities and their allies to foster the emergence of original projects that will unveil handicapism and the different system of oppression that, like sexism and racism, contribute to marginalize and exclude a group of individuals. She wrote, directed and produced her first documentary (Je me souviens: Excluded from the Montréal Métro since 1966) which won the “Pix de l’artiste émergent” at the International Disability Film Festival in 2010.

This workshop aims to present the different actions done by RAPLIQ. We will start by discussing discrimination based on capacity and give example of these manifestations. Then, we’ll explore the struggles, defeat and victories of RAPLIQ. Finally, the last part of the workshop will be reserved for interacting with participant.

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Polyamory 10: Queering Love Relationships / Loving Queer Relationships

Saturday March 3rd, 6pm-8pm

Location: ACCM

(French/English)

With Kama Maureemootoo

“Open,” “non-monogamous,” “unicorn,” “DADT”… You might have heard it all, or not?! This workshop aims at bringing together newbies and well-seasoned non-monogamous queers who have thought of “queering” mainstream perceptions of relationships that told us that someday, we’d meet THE ONE and live happily ever after. This workshop aims at providing a space for discussion about the multiple ways in which we can navigate non-monogamous relationships of various kinds, find creative and efficient ways of communicating, overcome jealousy, learn more about the C-word (compersion), and share failed and success stories…

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Monster Ball: Because queers are not criminals!

Saturday March 3rd, 11pm

Location: 745 Ottawa Street

Pay what you can 10-15$, no one turned away for financial reasons

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▼ Diskommander
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▼ Mess Mess

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▼ Olive or Oliver
▼ Douche La Douche

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▼ Tiger Lee

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Mecca of contemporary art, the Darling Foundry is hosting this year our costume party for termination of the Radical Queer Semaine 2012. In addition to being the queer dance party out of proportion that we know, the Monster Ball IV – Return of the Monstr, will donate this year a portion of profits to the Montreal organization Arc-en-Ciel d’Afrique for their projects supporting LGBTQ people from Africa and the Caribbean…

>>>> For the pleasure of our queer eyes = Dress up!

For the pleasure of your queer ears = a 20 000 W sound-system!!!<<<

This event is made possible by www.headandhands.ca

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Self-Care Brunch

Sunday March 4th, 5pm-6pm

Location: SSPX

A free brunch to take care of each others… and finish this wonderful week!

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Prisoner Correspondence Project letter-writing night

Monday March 5th, 7pm-9:30pm

Location: Le Cagibi (5490 St-Laurent)

Join Prisoner Correspondence Project for the March edition of our monthly letter-writing night!  Cozy up with a warm drink in the backroom of le Cagibi, meet other non-incarcerated participants in the project, and write some letters, or get matched up with a new penpal! Everyone is welcome, whether you’re a seasoned penpal through the project or you’re interested in getting matched up for the first time.

We will start the night off with a short presentation on solidarity with incarcerated queer and trans folks and ways to get involved with the Prisoner Correspondence Project, before moving on to letter-writing.  Prisoner Correspondence Project collective members will be around all evening to chat about the project and available to talk about our experiences as outside penpals, and to support you in any questions you might have about your letters.

We are always looking for new non-incarcerated folks to become penpals!

Hope to see you there!

The Prisoner Correspondence Project is a collectively-run initiative based out of Montreal, Quebec. It coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking these inmates with people a part of these same communities outside of prison.